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Stefan Struve Discusses UFC on FUEL TV 8 Sacrifices

February 28, 2013 | Posted by Larry Csonka

– Stefan Struve recently spoke about his UFC on FUEL TV 8 fight with Mark Hunt. Here are the highlights…

On His Sacrifices For The Fight: “I got two awesome training sessions on my birthday – happy birthday to me. My girl got me a really nice cake, and I had to put it in the freezer. It will be waiting for me when I come back from Japan.”

On Taking The Fight With Hunt: “I didn’t have to think long about it,” Struve said. “I pretty much signed the contract the same day. He’s a huge name. He’s on a three-fight win streak. I’m going to fight him in Japan, where he’s a living legend. A win over Mark Hunt is going to be huge for my career, so I didn’t have to do much thinking about that.”

On The Fight With Hunt: “It’s pretty easy when you think of it: If I fight in his distance and his reach, I’m going to have a long night – well, a short night, actually,” Struve said. “He’s probably going to knock your head somewhere in the third or fourth row. But if I fight him in my own distance, at my own reach and on my terms, he’s in for a very bad night, in my opinion. When he tries to close the distance and throw one of those big punches, then I have the option to take the fight to the ground. If I fight my fight, it shouldn’t be too difficult in my opinion.”

On Growing Stronger as a Fighter: “I’ve gotten a lot stronger; it’s something that we’re working on,” Struve said. “I’ve got a really clean and healthy diet that keeps my weight down a little bit. If I didn’t do that diet, I’d be well over 300 pounds, I think. I just want to take it easy and don’t go there too fast so that it won’t affect my conditioning. I’m about 265, 270 pounds right now, and I’m feeling great. I’m strong. I just want to take it slowly and add weight naturally.”



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